I first learned about the United States Digital Service (USDS) in 2014, when I read about a group of tech employees that stepped up to save the federal government's health care marketplace website after a botched rollout in 2013.
Since then, I've been impressed with the group's work revamping the Veterans Affairs website, hacking the Pentagon to remedy security vulnerabilities, modernizing the immigration system, creating www.vote.gov, and building better online tools for the American people.
Despite all their success making government more accessible, their budget has been slashed and their capacity has been reduced. With much of the nation struggling to navigate services provided in the wake of COVID-19, now is the time to support the USDS in its efforts to improve public access to critical government resources, including unemployment insurance programs, SBA loan delivery, CDC information accessibility, and ongoing efforts to help people work remotely.
Help me make government work better by hiring lobbyists to support USDS's mission and their important work.
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The United States Digital Service is an elite technology unit housed within the executive branch. It provides consultation services to federal agencies on information technology. It seeks to improve and simplify digital service, and to improve federal websites. It was launched on August 11, 2014.
Since its creation, USDS has helped the federal government utilize technology to better serve the American people (read about their many accomplishments in their first two years).
Despite all their accomplishments and government savings, the President’s 2020 Budget is requesting $7.5 million for 2020, down from $16.5 million for 2019.
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